Like all the best stories, Prince the pit bull’s ends up with him being tucked into bed at night. But as he lives in a rescue home, the 2-year-old is desperately hoping for a sequel to his sad tale.
The world-weary pup was picked up by animal control in New York last April. He was a nervous wreck. The staff at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society prescribed extra snuggles – and discovered that beneath his neurotic exterior, Prince is a pup with a lot of love to give.
Dumped by girlfriend
His new hosts investigated and found out that Prince shared a home with his former owner’s girlfriend. When they got in touch with her, the girlfriend promised to come and collect the dog that had given her the slip during walkies one day. But she never came.
Nobody knows what Prince went through before this tough break-up – but whatever happened, it left its mark.
“He took a long time to warm up to us,” agrees Nancy Haynes, director of behaviour and enrichment at MHHS, speaking to The Dodo.
“Even when you approached his kennel, he would sit in the back and cower and shake. You would usually find him curled up in a ball at the back of his kennel.”
‘Let’s go to bed’
The breakthrough came thanks to one staff member’s bedside manner. One night, snuggles led to one thing and then another, and before they knew it the staff member was tucking Prince in beneath his blankets.
His reputation spread, and now everyone knows how to get Prince into bed at night.
“He usually doesn’t get onto his bed until somebody does their rounds,” continues Hayes. “But if you go into the kennel with him, he’ll go onto the bed to get tucked in.”
All this one-on-one attention has gradually turned the pit bull’s frown into a slightly happier-looking frown.
But a new snuggle partner every night is not sustainable, and Prince eventually hopes to be permanently adopted. He’s not suited to living with other dogs, so it would be just you, him, and the blankets.